“Truth is not exclusive to poetry, of course, but there is no poem which does not engage with truth.”
Kathleen Jamie, Strong Words, 2000
This week’s newsletter is brimming with opportunities, competitions and courses from around the country and beyond.
Calling all spoken word poets! Poetry Ireland’s Versify 2019 is an amazing opportunity for spoken word poets to perfect their art and a chance to spotlight their voice. The deadline for submissions is today, Friday 2 August.
Poetry Ireland is looking to appoint aPoet in Residence. This part-time role will involve extensive work with diverse communities within the North inner city, as well as time to engage in their own creative work.
Poetry Ireland’s Versify 2019
Versify offers spoken word poets mentoring and practical guidance around their work, as well as a paid gig to spotlight their voices.
The poets selected for Versify 2019 will be awarded intensive workshops on performance, form & craft, and the business aspect of poetry, which will take place at Poetry Ireland in Dublin’s Parnell Square. The series will culminate in a showcase in September.
We are delighted to announce that acclaimed poet Bridget Minamore will select this year’s participants and will lead the workshops on form & craft and performance. Bridget is a British-Ghanaian writer from south-east London. She is a poet, critic, essayist, and journalist, writing for The Guardian about pop culture, theatre, race and class.Titanic (Out-Spoken Press) was her debut pamphlet of poems on modern love and loss (2016).
a one-page letter (including a brief biography) about why you’d like to take part inVersify 2019
2-3 poems. Please submit a video or mp3 recording of you performing each poem, along with the accompanying text in a Word document.
In September 2016, Poetry Ireland moved into its beautiful new home in Dublin’s Parnell Square. The organization is now introducing an ambitious neighbourhood project which will engage with the many communities who call this fascinating area of the city home. As part of this exciting new initiative, we wish to appoint a poet in residence for a two-year period. This part-time role will involve extensive work with a number of diverse communities within the north inner city. These groups will include the SAOL project for women and the Pathways Centre for former prisoners, as well as schools, libraries, youth and adult groups to be confirmed.
The selected candidate will have a dedicated space within Parnell Square. The role involves a commitment of 10 hours per week which will include three hours public engagement from the poet in residence, four hours input from associate writers and artists, and three hours dedicated to the poet’s own creative work.
Applicants are invited to submit:
A curriculum vitae (maximum 3 pages)
Examples of previous artistic work, with specific reference to work in the community
A proposal outlining artistic ideas and approaches (maximum two pages)
Saturday 17 August, 10.00 – 1.00pm
Limerick Writers’ Centre, 12 Barrington Street, Limerick
Think you might like to write poetry for children? Let your imagination blaze in a workshop with Alan Murphy. Alan is the Dublin-born writer and illustrator of four collections of poetry for young readers, two of which have been shortlisted for the CAP awards for independent authors. His latest book is All Gums Blazing. >>More Biro Buddies: Expressive Writing WorkshopSeptember and October (deadline for applications – 31 August 2019)
Tubercurry Family Resource Centre
Biro Buddies is a new supportive group using expressive writing for well-being. This workshop is targeted at adults who may have experienced a difficult challenge in their life or who are dealing with stress or worry – beginners welcome.
Facilitator Anna Morven has led writing workshops in prisons and in the community since 2012. This workshop takes place at Tubercurry Family Resource Center on Mondays from 11am – 1pm during the months of September and October. This workshop is free, but space is limited. To book or for more information, ring 0838096267. >>More
Autumn Daytime Creative Writing with Susan Millar DuMars
Galway Arts Centre
Starting in September, Galway Arts Centre presents a daytime class for all those beginner and continuing creative writing students out there, facilitated by Susan Millar DuMars. Susan Millar DuMars writes both poetry and fiction.
The class is suitable for both beginning and continuing creative writing students, working in either poetry or fiction. >>More
Creative Writing for Beginners
Monday 23 September 7.00 – 9.30pm
Galway Technical Institute, Father Griffin Road, Galway Kevin Higgins will be conducting a creative writing course for beginners every Monday for eight weeks. Kevin Higgins will provide writing exercises and give gentle critical feedback to those interested in trying their hand at writing stories, poems, or memoir. Advance booking is essential. The course costs €120. >>More
Intermediate Creative Writing
Tuesday 24 September 7.00 – 9.30pm
Galway Technical Institute, Father Griffin Road, Galway Susan Millar DuMars will be teaching an intermediate creative writing course. This class is suitable for those who have participated in creative writing classes before or have been previously published. Classes will consist of flexible exercises, work-shopping of assignments and the study of published writers to help each class member find their own writing voice. Advance booking is essential. The course costs €120. >>More